An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.

Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his family on Stag Island, Ontario, when he was nine years old, and it was impossible for Canadians to be astronauts. In 2013, he served as Commander of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth during a five-month mission. Fulfilling this lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability and a singular commitment to "thinking like an astronaut." In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth , Chris gives us a rare insider's perspective on just what that kind of thinking involves, and how earthbound humans can use it to achieve success and happiness in their lives.
Astronaut training turns popular wisdom about how to be successful on its head. Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst; always sweat the small stuff; and do care what others think. Chris shows how this unique education comes into play with dramatic anecdotes about going blind during a spacewalk, getting rid of a live snake while piloting a plane, and docking with space station Mir when laser tracking systems fail at the critical moment. Along the way, he shares exhilarating experiences, and challenges, from his 144 days on the ISS, and provides an unforgettable answer to his most-asked question: What's it really like in outer space?
Written with humour, humility and a profound optimism for the future of space exploration, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth offers readers not just the inspiring story of one man's journey to the ISS, but the opportunity to step into his space-boots and think like an astronaut--and renew their commitment to pursuing their own dreams, big or small.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780345812704
Branch Call Number: 629 .45 HAD
Characteristics: 295 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,24 cm

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guantina
Jul 17, 2017

A very inspiring and motivating life story told from former astronaut Chris Hadfield. He talks about the gruelling difficulties that he has faced throughout his career with NASA, and the long training process that he had to go through before being able to go to the International Space Station. This book was truly great and the reader got to experience and connect with Chris as he expresses his thoughts and feelings.
Chris Hadfield teaches the world how to make the impossible possible.

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fatcat21
Feb 01, 2017

I would highly recommend this book. It is a very high interest, very readable book. You don't have to have an interest in space to enjoy this. It is simply a story of how he was able to accomplish some of the amazing things he has done. You will be inspired by the life and work ethic of this very accomplished man.

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darcyhudjik
Dec 23, 2016

An interesting insight on what astronauts do to train and prepare for a mission, and how many of these things can be applied to everyday life.

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Aisling_1
Jul 05, 2016

Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" was such an enlightening read. Hadfield masterfully explains intricate details of an astronaut's career while still reaching the reader through humour.

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danomcd
Nov 17, 2015

The organization seemed a little strange with him jumping around through various parts of his career.

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Lauriepb
Nov 15, 2015

October 2015
Non Fiction Club
Own a copy

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dixiedog
Aug 19, 2015

I also found that Chris Hadfield’s ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ was very well written and easy to read. I did however find the title to be a little misleading. This book is an autobiography of Hadfield’s life and achievements. Sprinkled throughout the book is the author’s insight on how to achieve your goals, and find ultimate happiness and success in your life. His approach on how to succeed in life is based on his experience and very sound thinking. For me, I would have been happier to see his astute suggestions laid out or at least summarized at the back of the book for quick reference. There is something in his book that every reader could learn from Chris Hadfield. Senior Doctor at Bass – D. A.

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occy
May 04, 2015

A very educational book which is written in laymen's terms. It answered many questions I had regarding space travel and what it would be like to spend 5 months in a cramped space station. Very well written and would highly recommend this read.

Jenny_Fry Feb 25, 2015

I loved this book and it was really inspiring!

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mckeett
Jan 24, 2015

A Canadian hero and a very interesting author.

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